In the United States of America, there are laws to tell people how to behave. In our Declaration of Independence, which is a foundational document of this nation’s formation, we declare that all men, all people are created equal. This statement proclaiming the moral rights of all people to be free from tyranny of other people was eventually followed in the 1860’s by abolishment of slavery, and in the 1960’s by a constitutional amendment giving every citizen free and equal civil rights. These declarations and laws are not solely for persons oppressed by racial discrimination, or the exchange of money for a person’s right to life. There is a God-given right to every person to choose his own direction.
Let us take this one step further, where the thought needs to go. Every person has a God-given right to choose God Himself as his direction. Any man choosing less than God’s best for his life is allowing himself to be terrorized and tyrannized by other people’s expectations. Think about it. We are made to please God. If we choose to not please God; that is, if we walk apart from His fellowship and love and mercy, it is our very nature to have to please someone or something. Most of the time, without God, we become enslaved to what people think of us. This is a lie of satan. We can never, under any circumstances, please any person who is not also trying to please God.
The only first right relationship we can establish without prejudice is with Jesus Christ. When He is Savior and Lord of my life, I have peace with God. My heart’s desire is to obey God, pleasing Him. This is an eternal relationship. It never fails, and God never changes toward me. All other relationships that are right for me flow from this one relationship with the Lord. I do not need to seek anyone to please that person by any means than by my right relationship with God. When God has entered the connection, there will be right thinking and doing from me toward the other person, because I choose to please and obey God. He knows exactly what the other person needs, and I do not. I have to inquire of the Lord how to be genuinely His in my encounters with other people. Then He graciously keeps me honest, taking care of how I respond to people.
Being rightly related to God and seeking to present that relationship as our foundation of relationship to other people keeps us free from being tyrannized. Usually, I do not speak personally in these blog posts. However, I know from experience that choosing to please God is real protection from trying to please the wrong people. The Lord would not allow prejudiced and abusive persons to overcome me. He demonstrated fully that my “place” is with Him, and that place is above all perfect. The Lord spoke clearly that as I was having it ground into me by some people that I am a “lesser” person, that in His eyes, I am beautiful and greatly loved. I know this is true; how else would I be able to love those who hate, except from the safety of my Lord, desiring above all that they, too, realize God’s great love toward them? As a beloved child of God, I am completely free to love others as totally as He does. And that pleases God, and it pleases me, and it brings great good from great evil. Someday, I will see the prejudiced ones do one of two things. Either the hatred will continue until the prejudgers die and face the Lord and a true judgment they don’t expect, or they will repent and become lovers of Christ, and we will be united in the fellowship and relationship of pleasing God. God shines His grace on me to desire and pray for unity.
Do you love God? Then turn away from self-righteousness, which opens doors to great evil, including prejudice.
Say this: Father, I repent of wanting to please other people instead of you. Forgive me, and teach me how to love instead or just trying to please. I thank You for your mercy and forgiveness. I pray in Jesus’ Name.
Need to know God heard you? Start praising Him. Praise Him for everything you can think of for several minutes, then cease; be quiet. Ask, Lord, help me be quiet and know You are here. Then wait. No – don’t try to work up an emotional response. If tears come, leave them go where they will. Your God is with you. Try to be quiet and simply wait for His assurance of that. He is right here, and you are pleasing Him.
You have just taken a huge step toward right relationships; with the Lord, and with other people, too. Just keep taking this step as often as you have to! You will soon find that your path with friends, family, work, and ministry are all more gracious and loving. God bless you, my friend!